Design & handling: VGA, DVI, HDMI & 4-port USB hub
Just like other Iiyama monitors with a model number beginning with 'E', the E2710HDS is mounted on a stand that only allows you to tilt the screen slightly. Anyone looking for a height-adjustable stand needs to pick a model beginning with 'B'.
The E2710HDS has VGA, DVI and HDMI connections for video, as well as a pair of 2 x 2-watt speakers. Music lovers won't be blown away by the speakers, but they're good enough for use now and again. Plus, if you're planning on hooking this 27-inch monitor up to a Blu-ray player or a console like the Playstation 3, then the speakers also offer a simple means of playing sound input coming from the HDMI entry. There's a 4-port USB hub too, which is handy for hooking up storage devices and other accessories to free up some of the ports on your computer.
Colours: good but not perfect
Compare the E2710HDS to other LCD monitors in our product face-off.
With the factory settings the colours are actually pretty good, as the deltaE (the difference between the ideal colours and those displayed by the monitor) is under 3. The colours are not, however, flawless, and the E2710HDS particularly has problems managing the distribution of brightness levels (gamma). The colour temperature is too high, leading to a slight blue tinge. The monitor also has a brightness of over 400 cd/m ², which is twice the recommended value for a room with standard lighting.
This means you'll need to lower the brightness setting via the internal menu. We recommend changing it from 100 (default value) to 48, bringing the brightness down to 200 cd/m² which is much less harsh on the eyes. Next, change the colour temperature from 'User' to 'Warm' to correct that slight blue tinge we mentioned above. With these settings, the deltaE is noticeably reduced. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to correct the gamma.
Then, as they are, the colours will look fine to most people, but demanding users might want to look for a calibration profile to download.
The contrast level is within the average at 830:1, although a slightly deeper black could have helped bump that up a little.
Responsiveness: 5 ms by default, a little better when adjusted
over ten frames
As is often the case, Iiyama hasn't activated the overdrive function in its factory settings. Overdrive is labelled 'OD' in the internal menu and, when activated, it should theoretically boost the response time of the E2710HDS from 5 to 2 ms. In practice, there's a clear improvement when you switch from 'Off' to '4', but it's not quite as good as we might have hoped. The responsiveness is somewhere between that of a 5 ms office computer monitor and a 2 ms gaming monitor. This display is therefore suitable for gamers who aren't too bothered about framerates or users who mainly stick to web browsing and word processing.
The input lag is low, or at least sufficiently low to have no negative impact on online and multiplayer games.
Watching films: no image correction chip
We were disappointed to find there was no image correction chip for improved video playback. In fact, with a screen size of 27 inches, this monitor is large enough to use as a TV, but the large screen size also makes defaults in the picture even more noticeable. You'll therefore have to take extra care choosing a decent-quality video source and player. Otherwise, you'll have to sit at least two metres away from the screen to avoid being bothered by upscaling faults.